I no longer bubble with rage when a new outbreak of corporate wokeness erupts across our fruited plain. It's just another day in the pathetic life of the Land of the Greedy and the Home of the Enslaved. To wit: this week's parade of U.S. companies ostentatiously trumpeting "health care coverage" for employees who want to travel to Planned Parenthood-beholden states to destroy the lives of their unborn babies in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

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Here we go again. The Beltway Swamp's ineluctable impulse to (Pretend To) Do Something in the wake of a mass school shooting committed by a homicidal maniac has put America on the brink of greenlighting untold civil liberties abuses in the name of "safety." The grandstanding gun-grabbing reflex is a hard habit to break.

Shamefully, 10 zucchini noodle-spined Senate Republicans led by Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn back a federal gun-control plan that would bribe states to adopt so-called "red-flag" (a.k.a. Extreme Risk Protection Order) laws. These psychological profiling weapons -- now in effect in 19 states -- empower disgruntled strangers, duplicitous family members, biased police and ideologically driven judges to disarm citizens by labeling them mental health threats to themselves and others. Anti-Second Amendment activists cite scientific research like a new University of California, Davis, study as evidence that red-flag laws are "saving lives." But the science is untrustworthy.

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Everyone with a phone or computer has seen the mega-viral videos and photos of 28-year-old pop star Justin Bieber. "As you can see, this eye is not blinking," he told his whopping 241 million Instagram followers last weekend. Bieber's handsome face is drooping and lopsided; he "can't smile," his "nostril will not move," and "there's full paralysis" on the left side of his face.

The entertainer's doctors diagnosed him with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a "rare neurological disorder" marked by facial palsy that is "caused by the varicella zoster virus" (which causes chickenpox in children and shingles in adults), according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

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Do you remember Highlights, the ubiquitous children's magazine that you'd devour at the dentist's office? If you were lucky, you'd wait for the mailman to deliver a fresh edition to your home at the beginning of every month. It was a treasure.

The venerable American publication was established in 1946 by an enterprising married couple devoted to improving elementary education. Highlights became a staple in generations of playful and curious youngsters' lives. Its slogan was "fun with a purpose." Long before the advent of toxic social media and Silicon Valley, way back before kids were obsessing over "likes" and "views" of self-indulgent selfies of themselves making Kardashian duck faces in their bathrooms and gyrating like Las Vegas pole-dancers in their bedrooms for TikTok, grade-school readers had healthy addictions to the wholesome trademark features of Highlights.

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Two decades ago this spring, I was furiously pounding out the manuscript to "Invasion," my very first book on the systemic failures of immigration enforcement in America. On April 29, 2002, as if to underscore the bloody consequences of open borders that I had been compiling, a violent illegal alien repeat criminal offender named Jorge Arroyo (aka Armando) Garcia assassinated Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy David March during a routine traffic stop in Irwindale, California.

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